For hundreds of years the neighborhood of Lavapiés has been the working neighborhood of Madrid. As a result of this, the diversity in nationalities and cultures is very distinct from the rest of Madrid. The neighborhood has previously had a bad reputation of being unsafe. However, the city counsel of Madrid has taken a lot of steps towards making the area better. It has paid dividends and now the neighborhood is a wonderful place to go to get a different feel than just the touristy Madrid.